From To ~ June 16, 2018

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, Day #37
  • Santiago
  • 17.5 miles; total 498.5 miles
  • 1,529’ ascent and 1,822’ descent
  • 75% hard surface
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees and blue skies with white clouds

From outskirts, to neighborhoods, to first glimpses of the Cathedral.

  • 1st towards Santiago
  • 2nd towards Santiago
  • 3rd Santiago

Remembering 2014 ~ June 15, 2018

  • Friday, June 15, 2018, Day #36
  • Salceda
  • 16.5 miles; total 481 miles
  • 1,844’ ascent and 2,103’ descent
  • 40% hard surface
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees and overcast

How eerie it was to see a site I vividly remembered from June 22, 2014, four years ago. Though only a week later in June, the river offered welcomed relief from the heat and sun. With this year’s unseasonably cold and wet weather, no one gathered by the river.

  • 1st Ribadiso da Riba, JUNE 22, 2014
  • 2nd Ribadiso da Riba, JUNE 14, 2018
  • 3rd Salceda

No Rain ~ June 9, 2018

  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, Day #30
  • Distance 16 miles; total 415.5 miles
  • 1,979’ ascent and 2,704’ descent
  • 20% hard surface
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Weather: 50-65 overcast NO RAIN

A welcomed day with no rain. Nature wasn’t without expression. Morning wind and chilly temperatures were the most extreme.

Who could resist the wonderful expressions on my three new Italian friends?

  • 1st towards Cádavo
  • 2nd towards Cádavo
  • 3rd towards Cádavo

Coffee Club ~ May 30, 2018

• Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Day #20

• Valdediós

• Distance 12 miles; total 279 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 25% hard surface

• Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

It’s a sure thing.  Mornings will find last nights pilgrims at the first opened café. It’s an unspoken coffee club. No agreements. We just appear.

Good coffee keeps us going.

1st towards Valdediós

2nd towards Valdediós

3rd towards Valdediós

Taxi ~ May 29, 2018

• Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Day #19

• Priesca

• Distance 14 miles; total 267 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 70% hard surface

• Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 blue sky becoming overcast

After reflection at a church, a taxi stand miraculously appears. Tempted? Never.

1st towards Priesca

2nd towards Priesca

3rd towards Priesca

Magic Moments ~ May 26, 2018

• Friday, May 25, 2018, Day #15

• La Franca

• Distance 14 miles; total 215.5 miles

• 1,414’ ascent and 1,374’ descent

• 95% hard surface

• Time: 6 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 overcast, misty rain

Magic moments. New and old faces appear every day as if drawn from a magician’s hat.

Elsewhere, Christine and his friend have completed their Camino arriving in Santiago.

1st towards La Franca

2nd towards La Franca

3rd towards La Franca